Department of Theatre

2008 - 2009 Theatre Season

(M)other

Directed and Performed by Dr. Beth Osnes
Set Design By Beth Osnes

Technical Director: Nathan K. Lee 
Assistant Technical Director: Craig Harris
Media Coordinator: Scott Kadera

This performance explores what it might take for the mothers of one country to authentically care about the mothers and children of another country. The show’s opening describes a fictional program, called “Baby Swapping,” created by the United Nations to generate concern for the world’s children. In this small, limited pilot program, seven mothers from seven nations from around the world are required by their governments to swap their six-month-old babies with another mother from another nation for one month. What follows is an intimate look at one of these mother’s experience and her eventual realization of her interconnectedness with these other mothers, their children, and their nations. The last line of the show states, “I think the hardest part about going back to my old life will be facing the part of me that believed you were ‘other.’ Everything has changed. Before I had asked, Why me? Why now? Now I ask, if not me, who? If not now, when?”

Raised in Captivity

Raised in Captivity
Written by Nicky Silver
Directed by Lisa Kramer
Assistant Director Amelia A. Charter 

Costume Design by Ginny Davis
Assistant Technical Director: Craig Harris

According to The New York Times, “Raised in Captivity is about guilt, redemption and self-punishment, and, against all odds, it is also very funny . . .” The complex characters in this play have all been trapped by the expectations laid upon them by their society, their dysfunctional family, and themselves. Sebastian Bliss keeps himself cut off from all emotion, while his sister Bernadette Dixon goes to the opposite extreme. They are joined by Bernadette’s husband Kip who is the first to pursue his true dream, a therapist that needs some help herself, a pen-pal convicted of murder, and a ghost to make a play full of surprising humor and deep emotion, as well as a unique theatre experience. Join us for an unusual show that moves from absurd hysterics to tragic personal drama, and back again.

The Fort Lewis College Theatre is proud to host this annual, four-day event full of theatre and dance workshops, lectures, and performances. Professional instructors and attendees will be coming in from all of the five states in the Rocky Mountain Region. Workshops and events are open to all faculty, staff, students and community members.

Chicago the Musical 

Chicago the Musical
Written by John Kander & Fred Ebb.
Directed by Ginny Davis.

Sex, murder, greed .... and all that jazz. Set in prohibition era Chicago, John Kander and Fred Ebb's "CHICAGO: The Musical" follows the exploits of the merry murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart as they achieve celebrity status on the stand. This satire is actually based on the 1924 trials of murderesses Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner. The Chicago Tribune reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins created the original play after writing a series of articles featuring Annan and Gaertner. In 1996, the Broadway revival of "CHICAGO: The Musical" garnered six Tony Awards. Join us for this classic musical with all the songs you know by heart.